Thursday 19th October 2017,
Sports Alchemist
Spotlight

Of Kimbo, AJ Banal and some writer…

Kimbo Slice-Ken Shamrock
If you only have 3 fights in your record with 2 knockouts and 1 submission you have to be really good to sell a fight in a pay per view unless your name is Kevin Ferguson otherwise known as Kimbo Slice. Kimbo has been on the limelight since his football days in Miami but he became famous in the net with all his street fights while serving as a bodyguard in a porn company. The strong charismatic personality by Kimbo makes him an instant star and fans are calling him to step a notch higher and become an MMA fighter with the legendary Tank Abbott credited to his name after a short workout in round 1. But this time Kimbo will come into the ring against equally talented and dangerous Ken Shamrock on Oct.4 although a 10 year age gap might play an advantage to Kimbo but Ken will come into the fight with his 22-13-2 fight record a far cry advantage against Kimbo’s three wins.
Slice and Shamrock is a tossed coin matchup but at age 44 I do think Ken with all his battles will slowly take its toll. Let’s just hope both men after the fight comes home in one piece.
Banal wants a piece of El torito
The ALA boxers have been known to have the distinct class in Philippine boxing and after their prize undefeated fighter Boomboom tasted defeat at the hands of Ponce De Leon. The limelight went into AJ Banal on his quest for a title but Rafael Concepcion has other plans. After 9 rounds of boxing wherein AJ could have run and ducked Concepcion’s haymakers AJ succumbed to body shots and the once undefeated Banal followed Boom boom’s fate. But Concepcion’s interim belt didn’t last that long as Rafael failed to grab back his belt against heavy Mexican favorite Jorge “El Travieso” Arce.
Now Banal wants to avenge his humiliating loss to Concepcion. Would that be a good fight for the young AJ? I do think AJ on their first fight was dominating Concepcion before round nine but AJ lost his focus and the over trained issue surfaced. AJ needs to fight Rafael Concepcion just like Boomboom has to face his tormentor in Ponce De Leon. Though a fight with Concepcion doesn’t do much in AJ’s career but a win against Rafael could bring back his confidence especially if you are humiliated in your own turf.
Writer going overboard
When I write as much as I wanted to be fair and unbiased but sometimes it’s unevitable to take sides in writing especially in a matchup when you always have an inclination to the fighter you are favoring to win. But top executive Ricardo Lois of boxing confidential went overboard when he wrote about the Dec.6 matchup with Pacquiao against De La Hoya he wrote that “After Oscar hurts Manny with a left hook to the brain, you will see Pacquiao doing the crackhead dance….. It will be great to see that”.
I know Ricardo Lois has every right to write whatever he wants but he sounds pathetic and in every angle sadistic who loves people getting hurt. Ricardo hate Pacquiao no doubt about it but writing those things doesn’t vindicate anything. Writing gives us the privilege to inform and inspire people and not the other way around. Something tells me he just started a war.

Jess Matthew Beltran

Jess has contributed a thousand plus articles to various international and local sports sites. He is still finishing up an e-book which talks about basketball and life. Message him at [email protected]

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